Morphine is an extremely potent opiate, analgesic, psychoactive drug which is considered the best solution to treat extreme pain. Morphine is the primary active ingredient in opium and prior to 1914 morphine was used without restrictions. Morphine then became a controlled substance but was still the most commonly abused narcotic analgesic in the world until heroin was synthesized.
Used for extreme pain relief, including pre-surgery anesthesia, morphine is also used for severe coughs, shortness of breath and chronic diarrhea.
Most side effects associated with monitored morphine use are mild and often require no treatment, including:
The indicators of morphine addiction don’t always present in physical ways. Rather, it is behavioral and psychological symptoms that suggest morphine addiction. There are two primary causes for morphine addiction: tolerance and craving. Because of its highly addictive nature, the body quickly builds a tolerance to the morphine dosage and thus requires greater and greater amounts of morphine to achieve the desired effect.
Because morphine impacts the brain by presenting a desired state of being, the brain continually seeks or craves the outcome. Craving morphine is the most obvious indicator of addiction. Others include:
These cravings along with the desire to maintain or increase the desired affect may lead a person to use more morphine, or add other painkillers, drugs or alcohol. At that point, the person has a morphine addiction and intervention is necessary.
Many systems of morphine withdrawal appear to be minor enough for an individual to manage without detoxification or medical supervision, including:
However, self-detoxification is not recommended as some additional symptoms of morphine withdrawal may include strokes and heart attacks.
Recovering from morphine with proper medical supervision and support services is possible. If you or someone you know is addicted to morphine, call our toll free number today at (877) 259-5633. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about morphine addiction treatment. We are here to help.